May 6th is International No Diet Day. That may sound like it’s a fun holiday where you can eat all you want without worrying about calories but it’s actually so much more. International No Diet Day was not created as a “break your diet’ day but as a day of body acceptance and promotion of a healthy, not restrictive, lifestyle.
In a society that is totally preoccupied with weight, chronic dieting and size discrimination, this day is a break from all of that. While the intention of body size obsession, exercise and calories may be to achieve a healthier body, it can also cause damage in the form of eating disorders, fat-shaming, body size discrimination and just not enjoying life.
To do our part towards living a happy and delicious life, here are 25 mouthwatering plant-based recipes that are indulgent and satisfying, but also healthy. You’ll see there’s no reason to be on a diet when you can enjoy dishes like these.
1. Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Cakes with Caramel Sauce
These delectable Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Cakes with Caramel Sauce are a perfect way to celebrate No Diet Day. They are made up of three layers. The bottom layer is a date-sweetened almond crust, the middle layer is creamy vanilla ice cream, and the top layer has a rich dark chocolate shell. A drizzle of homemade caramel sauce takes this cake over the edge.
2. Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Pineapple
This Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Pineapple is melty, sweet, and salty. Onions are caramelized and then cooked with fresh pineapple, making the pineapple tender and allowing the flavors to mix. The cheese is stretchy like it should be and the bread is crisp and buttery from the skillet.
3. Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
You can enjoy a big plate of these Buffalo Cauliflower Bites without an ounce of guilt. Bite-sized cauliflower florets are tossed in a hot and tangy buffalo sauce and then dipped in homemade vegan ranch dressing. Whether you’re enjoying this dish as an appetizer, a main dish, or a party one, it’s guaranteed to ignite taste buds!
4. Sandwich Cookie Peanut Butter Pie
This Sandwich Cookie Peanut Butter Pie is like a big peanut butter cup, but better. A light and fluffy peanut butter filling is set over a chocolate sandwich cookie crust that requires no baking at all. It’s then covered with a smooth, rich chocolate peanut butter ganache and sprinkled with a topping of chopped peanuts. It all works together to create a decadent dessert you’ll love.
5. New York Style Bagels
New York is known for their delicious and fluffy bagels. While recreating them is a tall order, these New York Style Bagels take on the challenge. Top this breakfast classic with your favorite toppings like chives, poppy seeds, or minced garlic and then get out the vegan creamed cheese.
6. Coconut Vanilla Bean Truffles
When you get a chocolate craving, pop one of these Coconut Vanilla Bean Truffles in your mouth. These tiny treats are special because they are made with wholesome ingredients like coconut milk, dark chocolate, and maple syrup. These truffles are creamy, coconutty, rich, sweet, chocolatey, and completely addicting.
7. Caprese Ciabatta Pizza
What do you get when you combine three Italian favorites? This Caprese Ciabatta Pizza! It starts with a ciabatta flatbread base topped with yellow tomato sauce, baby spinach, vegan mozzarella, pearl tomatoes, jalapeno, and fresh basil. Pizza night will never be the same again.
8. Pitaya Raspberry Chocolate Popsicles
These Pitaya Raspberry Chocolate Popsicles look beautiful and are super simple to make. Once the fruit is frozen into popsicle form, they simply need to be dipped into chocolate. Get creative and add little touches to really treat your taste buds. A dash of vanilla, a pinch of sea salt, a little nut butter, goji berries, or raspberries work great. The choices are endless!
9. Gnocchi with Lemon Chili Garlic Sauce
When you want a special dish that’s also easy to make, this Gnocchi with Lemon Chili Garlic Sauce is just the thing. Light and fluffy gnocchi are coated in a tangy and garlicky lemon chili sauce that’s light enough to enjoy in warmer weather. Chopped kale is added to the sauce, bringing some greens to the table, and adding color to your bowl.
10. Orange Walnut Cronut
The cronut craze continues with this Orange Walnut Cronut that you can make in your own kitchen. These light and fluffy cronuts are flavored with fresh orange juice and zest, giving them a bright and citrusy flavor. A sprinkling of chopped walnuts and a drizzle of chocolate sauce adds a finishing touch and makes these cronuts as photo-worthy as they are tasty.
11. BBQ Tofu and Garlic Kale Bowl with Ranch Dressing
This BBQ Tofu and Garlic Kale Bowl with Ranch Dressing is both indulgent and healthy. On a bed of rice sits braised kale, oven-baked tofu, juicy sautéed mushrooms, and crunchy carrots. It’s all drizzled with homemade ranch dressing. Who says vegetables aren’t filling enough? This dish makes the satisfying perfect dinner after a long day of work.
12. Veggie Sliders with Cashew Mustard Cheese Sauce
Juicy burgers are on the menu with these Veggie Sliders with Cashew Mustard Cheese Sauce. Brown rice, pinto beans, oats, and mushrooms come together along with bold spices to make the perfect-tasting patty. A zesty mustard cashew cheese takes this burger from great to amazing.
13. Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake
This creamy, dreamy Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake is so decadent, you’ll swear it can’t be good for you but guess what? It is! The luxurious filling sits atop a crumbly cookie crust and is then topped with fresh raspberries. Enjoy this treat frozen or thawed.
14. Baked Creamed Spinach
One of the best feelings is finding a recipe that is truly a healthy hack on a comfort food favorite. This Baked Creamed Spinach is just that. It’s composed of sautéed spinach and onions, with a deliciously creamy cashew cheese sauce, and sprinkled with crushed cashews and nutritional yeast for optimal cheesiness. Enjoy by the spoonful or on a piece of crunchy bread.
15. Baja Tofu Tacos
Taco Tuesdays just got better and it’s because of these Baja Tofu Tacos. Tofu is marinated in an umami sauce before being coated with a cornmeal coating and baked until crispy. It’s then wrapped in a soft tortilla with crunchy cabbage, creamy avocado, and a garlicky lime sauce. Top with Sriracha if you like things spicy.
16. Chocolate Silk Pie
This Chocolate Silk Pie is absolutely divine. Silken tofu gives this dessert a light airy texture and a lovely, velvety smoothness. The creamy chocolate has a bit of cayenne pepper for kick and the semisweet chocolate ganache sits atop a crunchy graham cracker crust. Yum!
17. Cauliflower Steak Sandwich with Romesco Sauce
Garlicky cauliflower steaks are smothered in tangy Romesco tomato sauce and topped with a dollop of creamy cole slaw in these Cauliflower “Steak” Sandwiches. To say that they’re hearty and flavorful would be an understatement. We guarantee you’ll have one of those moments where you’re so satisfied and full, but are dying to go back in time just so you can relive eating this sandwich.
18. Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Bites
These Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Bites are a chocoholic’s dream. There are chocolate cookies in the crust, melted chocolate in the mix, and a chocolate drizzle on top. The crust is a little chewy from the dates, which add a great texture, and then you get the creamy chocolate center and the crunch from the chocolate on top. These literally melt in your mouth.
19. Cauliflower Alfredo
This Cauliflower Alfredo is comfort food bliss. Rich, creamy, and full of flavor, it’s like a sophisticated mac and cheese. The sauce gets its robust flavor from a combination of cauliflower and potato with fresh onion and garlic, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and various seasonings. Serve this over whatever pasta you like, with fresh greens mixed in.
20. Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake
This Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake has a few important aspects to focus on: chocolate, peanut butter, ice cream and cake. This creamy ice cream cake starts with frozen bananas that are blended into a soft-serve ice cream that sits on a crispy puffed rice crust. The sides of the ice cream cake are coated with additional puffed rice and the top of the cake is decorated with creamy peanut butter, chocolate, and crunchy almonds. This is heaven on a plate.
21. Chocolate Mug Cake
You have to be a hardcore chocolate lover to fully appreciate the beauty of this Chocolate Mug Cake. Decadent and chocolatey, it cooks in less than five minutes and can be made sugar-free. Keep your pantry stocked with these ingredients because never again will you have a sudden chocolate craving that goes unsatisfied.
22. Jackfruit Fried Chicken
You don’t have to use the oven to make fried chicken healthier; make this Jackfruit Fried Chicken instead. The stringy texture of young jackfruit lends itself perfectly for emulating chicken recipes. In this one, jackfruit is marinated in a creamy soy milk marinade, battered in zesty breadcrumbs, and fried to perfection. Enjoy these with your favorite vegan mayonnaise or ranch dip.
23. Rosemary Skillet Rolls
What is a dinner without rolls? You need something to eat while waiting for the entrée and they help soak up all the extra sauce and gravy. Delight your guests with these Rosemary Skillet Rolls. They’re soft, buttery, and lightly seasoned with fresh rosemary and a sprinkle of salt. Pass the gravy please!
24. Silky Peanut Butter Cream Pie
This Silky Peanut Butter Cream Pie is super delicious, not too sweet, and completely decadent. Firm tofu blended with creamy peanut butter and a touch of sweetener creates a peanut butter pie filling that’s rich, silky, and pairs perfectly with the chocolate pie crust. Top with a chocolate drizzle, dried fruits, and nuts to get this delicious pie ready for serving at a party!
25. Sriracha Tofu Bagel Sandwich
This Sriracha Tofu Bagel Sandwich is the marriage of bagels and rice paper rolls, arguably two of the best things in the world. It starts with tofu that’s coated in a spicy and savory peanut sauce. The softness of the tofu and the spiciness of the sauce contrasts with the crispness of the vegetables. For the bagels, you can use your favorite kind, or just make your own!
It’s important to eat right, exercise and try to live a healthy life but when it leads to negative feelings about your body, that’s just not healthy for your mind and soul. These recipes are a great step to eating in a way that’s good for your taste buds, body and mind. Forget diets, just eat whole foods and you’re golden!
Lead image source: Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Cakes with Caramel Sauce